I have narrowed my decision to these two. Where do I go?
Here are some of my thoughts/concerns:
- how much more do people at Cravath really work?
- will Cravath's lack of international offices (except for a really tiny London office) have an impact on its future profits?
- does Cleary "force" people to go to its international offices if you're fluent in that language, even if you want to stay in NY?
- will Cravath really give me better exit options?
- I have no idea what I want to do, leaning towards corporate but also interested in tax and litigation - Cravath worries me because I"m only allowed to split my summer between two of these.
- do I have a better chance of making partner at Cleary than Cravath?
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
1. I suspect that the amount of work will be driven more by who you're working with than which firm you go to. Cravath is more hours on average, but I don't think anyone really works the average.
2. I think Cravath's profits will probably be okay. Cleary obviously has the better international presence but at this point I don't know how much protection that affords.
3. Don't know. Can't imagine they do.
4. Marginally. Very marginally. And again, on average.
5. The corporate preference and the wanting to shop around a bit argue in favor of Cleary.
6. You're talking about 1% v. 0.8% (or something like that). I wouldn't weigh that factor in too heavily.
Did you LIKE one more than the other?